"Genuinely brilliant expertise wedded to a caring and thoughtful approach that makes it truly peerless"

- Legal 500

We are a specialist family law firm with an enviable reputation for dealing with all aspects of separation, divorce, civil partnerships, nuptial agreements and children issues.

Our experience and outstanding client service is recognised with consistent top rankings for family law in the North in the respected legal guides Legal 500 and Chambers UK.  The latter describes Silk Family Law as “worthy of national recognition”. Operating from offices in the heart of Newcastle city centre, in the tranquil surroundings of Aske Stables, on the Zetland Estate, North Yorkshire (close to the A1) and on Park Row, Leeds, we also see clients in consulting rooms in York and London.

Services we offer...

Divorce & Separation

Going through separation or divorce can be incredibly painful and the practical and financial consequences far-reaching.

Nuptial Agreements & Asset Protection

If you and your partner enter into a pre- or post-nuptial agreement, you can determine in advance how your assets will be shared should you separate.


Disagreement can occur when it comes to making decisions about the future arrangements for children.


Statistics show that cohabiting couples are also far more likely to separate than those who are married.

Financial Provision

The resolution of financial issues upon divorce can often be complex, requiring an understanding of accounts, pensions, trusts and tax issues.

Injunctions & Emergency Relief

We act swiftly and decisively to obtain protection against domestic violence, the removal of children from the jurisdiction and the dissipation of financial assets.

Civil Partnerships

The dissolution of Civil Partnerships can raise difficult legal issue which we can help to resolve.

Inheritance Claims

Our specialist team has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in advising on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

In-house Family Law Barrister

Silk is the only boutique family law firm in the North of England with an in-house family law barrister.

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The ‘common law marriage’ myth – owning a home and access to children

It may seem like we are inundated with weddings as the season begins, especially following the hiatus on big bashes imposed by the pandemic. However,...

I’m getting divorced, can I keep my pet?

We are increasingly being asked to become involved in disputes between parties when their relationship comes to an end, and they decide to go their s...

Arbitration in, litigation out? How more people are resolving disputes outside of the court process

I’m often asked by clients about forms of dispute resolution which do not involve the court process, for example reaching an agreement at mediation...

Rise in pre nups as rural business owners protect family assets against economic impacts of war in Ukraine

The human impacts and devastation of the war in Ukraine have been widely reported and our thoughts are with the families affected. At the same time, ...

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Silk supports the return of the Sunshine Run

Bouncing back for the first time since the pandemic, last Wednesday 15th June, the Sunshine Run returned to Newcastle’s Quayside.  Bigger and bett...